We get no good By being ungenerous, even to a book, And calculating profits-so much help By so much reading. It is rather when We gloriously forget ourselves, and plunge Soul-forward, headlong, into a book's profound, Impassioned for its beauty, and salt of truth- 'Tis then we get the right good from a book.
E.B. BROWNING - Aurora Leigh
All round the room my silent servants wait, My friends in every season, bright and dim.